Senator Jim Talent, in Monett for a campaign stop Tuesday, emphasized his support for President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq and criticized a judge's recent decision that the National Security Agency's wiretapping program was unconstitutional:
Not shying away from his support for the war in Iraq, Talent reported much progress had been made in that country. Success, he stressed, did not need to be measured by having the entire country pacified. He was critical of those who challenged President Bush's authority to order wire taps, with or without a court order. He declared, "We can't let judges run the war."